Kreativ Blogger Award

I’ve been given another award, which really sparked my enthusiasm, because it involves one of my best things to do, and that is photography.  I’m not, by any means, a professional photographer, and at best it’s just a rather expensive hobby.  But I like to think I’m not too shabby.  I know my way around my Nikon, and I like to share my work, as you can see by the number of pools I contribute to on Flickr.

I’m also a girl who always minds her Ps and Qs, so before we get to the photos, I’d like to thank Mocha Beanie Mummy for bestowing this upon me.  I am chuffed to bits.  I, too, enjoy a challenge and this was certainly that.

Oh, and there’s a catch in the form of some rules…

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog
3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate
7. Let the nominated victims bloggers know they have been tagged

Right! Seven interesting photos:

Way back before Ruby had even been thought of, I used to work at CBBC.  It was hands down the best job I ever had and even though I only did it for a year before I moved departments to Factual and Learning and it all went the way of the pear, I enjoyed it immensely.  One of the things in our office was a giant Fimble.  Here he/she (I am not sure which Fimble it is) is, checking out what looks like the TV schedules for the CBBC Channel, and CBeebies. Good times.

That same year, Ross and I took a trip to Austin, Texas for the SXSW festival.  Besides all the excellent bands, music and film we saw around Austin, there was ridiculous amounts of free stuff, including alcohol, to be had, and going by American measures, it wasn’t hard to get pretty sozzled.  This was taken with my old point and shoot.  It’s essentially drunken photography but I really love how Ross is in focus and still and the background isn’t.  He must have been standing still as a statue for it to come out the way it did.  I like it.  I have good memories from that holiday.

I like to bake.  This is the cake I made for Ross’ birthday last year, and let me just toot my own horn for a second and tell you that it was a-mazing.  Chocolate sponge with ganache and raspberries as I like to cut through chocolate with fruit.  I even made the ganache from scratch.  This isn’t my most interesting of cakes, but you can see the rest of the set here.

This was taken at Christmas, which is a festival I get stupidly excited about.  I took this using a really old skool Nikkor 50mm lens I was given.  I have a variety of lenses that fit on my camera, my favourite being an old 28mm lens, and that is the one I use most often.  Incidentally, the only lens I have with an automatic setting is the kit lens my camera came with and it’s the one I use the least.  The rest are manual, and it’s since having these that I’ve learnt how to take better photos.  I really like the bokeh and the depth of field in this shot.  But mostly, this photo just makes me want a fish eye.  Yes please, sir.

I often see photos of women who look amazing having just given birth.  And I don’t get it.  What gives, ladies?  How do you look so radiant and gorgeous after such an event?  I was exhausted, sweaty, flabby and just quite generally disgusting.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever allowed a photo to be taken of me when I’ve looked rougher than straight after I pushed 7lbs3oz of wriggling human out of my hoohah.  But anyway.  This is Ruby’s first breastfeed.  We nursed very happily until my milk went salty at 14 months, and then, unsurprisingly, she was done.  In this photo she was less than an hour old.

Two more to go…

Ross and I are getting married in July.  And it’s going to be a bit of a home made wedding.  These are our invitations and I made them myself.  The inserts are printed on vellum (which, as we realised through a lot of trial and error is quite the bitch to print on with an ink jet printer.) and we bought the font that’s on the front cover and the ribbon and the tacky little pink sticky hearts.  It took me over two days to make them all up, but oh boy did it ever feel good when they were done.  I’m very proud of them.  I am just sorry that because of all the aforementioned trial and error, we had no spares left over for me to keep, so this photo is all I have.  I am carrying on the home made theme with bunting that we are draping around the reception venue.

And lastly…

This sums up my favourite season, Spring.  And also, one of my favourite things to photograph, flowers.  This photo is really uplifting and taken with my trusty 28mm lens.  It’s as simple as that.

I like this photo adaptation, so carry it on girls.  For now, I’m tagging:

  1. Suburban Mummy
  2. Kook Blogs
  3. Maternal Tales From The South Coast
  4. Crooked Ways

GO!

(OK OK, I know I am three short, but that means I can spring this on three more people as I see fit, right?)

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1 comment

  1. Fantastic – I love it! You’re a brilliant photographer, I’d love to have a play with some real old skool lenses…

    And by the way? The pic where you gave birth less than an hour ago? You look FAB. So there.

    Yeay!!

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